Through the innovative Corporate Work Study Program (CWSP), Cristo Rey Atlanta Jesuit High School students work 5 full days a month at top local businesses. The earnings from this work pays for a large percentage of each student's tuition costs, giving them access to a rigorous, quality college preparatory education that otherwise would be too expensive.
Cristo Rey students also gain valuable real-world job skills, contacts, and experience through their Work Study jobs, and go on to college in record numbers, in large part because of their early exposure to the working world. For a quick overview of the Work Study Program, watch the following video:
The Work Study Program combines two common business concepts—employee leasing and job sharing—to provide a solution that is win-win for students and Corporate Job Partners.
The CWSP office is a separately incorporated entity that acts as a temporary employment agency within Cristo Rey Atlanta. For a competitive annual fee, Job Partners receive one full-time Corporate Work Study Team, for a contract period that spans approximately nine months.
Each Corporate Work Study Team consists of four students, who together perform the work of one full-time, entry level employee. Since students are employees of the CWSP. The CWSP handles all job-related paperwork, as well as taxes, benefits, and other expenditures. Cristo Rey Atlanta staff members also provides transportation to and from work.
Four students share one job, rotating throughout the week. Each student has an assigned day on which he or she works. In each four-week span, each student will also have one week in which he or she works two days, with each student working a total of five days per month.
Work days are Monday through Friday, during standard business hours (usually 8:30-9:00 am to 3:30-4:00 pm). Students follow the Job Partner's calendar, except for the following holidays: Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter. Job Partners may be able to retain the same students the following academic year, as well as hire them during the summer.
Students work in entry-level clerical jobs at law firms, hospitals, banks, and other professional institutions. Typical job duties include filing, photocopying, data entry, mail room services, customer service and computer based tasks. Students are assigned to their job sites by the CWSP staff, with consideration to students’ particular interests and skills, and the requirements of the Job Partner.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation cites the Cristo Rey Network as one of a growing body of schools that is revolutionizing ideas about teaching and learning to produce high-achieving graduates ready to succeed in today's changing world.
By matching business interests with the educational and economic needs of lower-income students, we give “at-risk” young people their best chance of overcoming the financial barriers that limit their educational and professional opportunities.
We are the school that works in the heart of Atlanta.